Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for importers / exporters varies depending on qualifications, experience, employer and the exact role they perform.

  • Entry-level importers / exporters usually start on $35,000 a year.
  • Mid-level importers / exporters usually earn $50,000.
  • Senior importers / exporters may earn up to $75,000.
  • Importers / exporters who run their own companies can earn more than this.
  • Source : Trade Me Jobs, 'Salary Guide', 2018.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Importers / exporters may do some or all of the following :

  • identify local and overseas business opportunities
  • gather information on products and work out the cost of supplying them
  • work with local and overseas suppliers and distributors of goods
  • arrange the shipping of goods into and out of the country
  • negotiate customs, shipping and air freight of goods
  • develop promotional and marketing campaigns for products
  • keep up to date with exchange and financial market rates
  • communicate with government agencies such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
  • Skills and knowledge

    Importers / exporters need to have knowledge of :

  • the goods they are selling
  • customs legislation and export procedures
  • international banking methods
  • how to negotiate with clients
  • budgeting, business and marketing skills.
  • Being able to speak other languages can be an advantage.

    Importers / exporters :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may have to communicate with people in different time zones at other times
  • work in offices, but may spend time in warehouses and factories
  • often travel overseas to source products, attend conferences and visit markets and trade fairs.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become an importer / exporter.

    However, employers often prefer you to have a tertiary qualification, such as a diploma or degree, in shipping and logistics, commerce, or business management majoring in international business.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an importer / exporter. However, business studies and languages are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Importers / exporters need to be :

  • able to make good judgements
  • quick-thinking and able to work well under pressure
  • good at written and oral communication
  • good at time management
  • able to work well alone and as part of a team
  • able to relate to people from a range of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for importers / exporters includes work in :

  • overseas trading or exporting
  • marketing
  • a management position.
  • Overseas travel and experience of different cultures is also useful.


    Registration is not required for importers / exporters. However, they can become members of Export New Zealand, which provides access to advice and information on exporting.

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